Best Beginner Guitars - Classical vs Acoustic vs Electric? | Normans Blog
classical-vs-acoustic-vs-electric-guitar When you look at purchasing your first guitar, you may not really know the difference between classical, electric and acoustic models. We stock a wide range of guitars here at Normans, and it can be difficult to find the best starter instrument. In this blog, I will be explaining the difference between them, and which ones you should be looking at! 

Classical Guitars

If you have never played the guitar before, and you are looking for one that will be able to handle lessons and help you grasp the basics, we recommend classical guitars. The main reason for this is due to the strings believe it or not. The classical models all have nylon strings, which are brilliant for your fingers. You find that steel strings (found on acoustic guitars) can dig in to your fingertips, which can lead to some people not practicing. The nylon strings are a lot more finger friendly, meaning your first few weeks of learning won’t be painful! A good classical guitar to get started with is the Valencia model, as it includes a cover and a tuner! It is available in ½, ¼, ¾ and full size! 

Acoustic Guitars

After having a classical guitar, some players then like to move up to an acoustic guitar. These are the more common sort of guitars that we sell, as they are the more traditional looking ones. These are great for once you have built up your fingertips, as the strings are steel instead of nylon. If you are looking for your first acoustic guitar, I’d look at the Rocket XF Series, as they are brilliant for beginners of all ages, but especially children. They come with a capo, plectrum, strap and bag, so you can get playing instantly. Our guitars are mostly available in ¾ and full size. 

Electric Guitars

Electric models are also very common beginner guitars. One of our most popular models is the 3rd Avenue Electric Guitar, which is available in either ¾ or full size. This guitar is perfect for new players, and includes a bag, capo, plectrum and strap. They are good for taking to lessons and practicing at home, as you can practice quietly and have the capability of plugging it into an amp for extra volume! I hope this has given you a brief insight into the different types of guitar you may be looking at for a beginner player.


Like always, if you have any other questions or need some more advice, contact our Sales Team on 01283 535333 (option 1). Alternatively, drop us an email via!